Gilded: A 7 minute chair transformation

A few years ago, I bought this chair (plus another just like it) from the back room of a furniture consignment store.

chairbefore

The store owner wasn’t even done spray painting them black, and one of them was missing a rung and another was missing a spindle, but I still paid $30 for both (even though if I’d found these same chairs at Goodwill, and they had wanted $15 each, I would have choked) because I loved the lines of the bamboo, the store owner thought she was doing me a big favor by coming down from $40, and—oh yeah—I never find chairs like this at Goodwill.

They’ve been living in my, well, living room (fitting, no?) for 3 years in the state in which I bought them…not completely finished and a little rough around the edges.

And then, the other day, I just couldn’t take it anymore (apparently, my moratorium on gnarly chairs hanging around my house is a mere 36 months). I was over the black finish, and all I wanted to do was paint them GOOOOOOOOOOLD.

So, I did.

And, y’all. Let me just say that if I could marry a spray paint, it would be this one:

rustoleum gold

 

It literally took me 7 minutes to go from black to gold when I was painting my chair. SEVEN. MINUTES. ONE COAT. People. That’s ridiculously awesome. (And, no, this is not a paid post for Rustoleum; I actually did get this excited about spray paint).

The color goes on super-even and covers completely with no drips (even though I over-sprayed several sections because I was in a hurry). And it is such a pretty shade of gold.

Want proof? Here’s the chair after seven minutes of spraying (okay, plus a little bit of dry time) and after I snagged a pillow from our bedroom to spruce it up.

chairafter3

What’s that? You need a side-by-side of the before and after? Of course you do!

chairbeforeandafter

(FYI: for any of you who are not into gold and are thinking, “I liked it better black,” I get that if metalics are not your thing, but let me assure you that if you saw it in person, you would not  have liked it better in black).

I snapped these pics with my phone since I was in quick project mode, so the full effect of just how dull and uneven the black paint job was compared to the new, oh-so-shiny gold is not coming through very clearly, but I did take a few more close-ups so you could appreciate how smooth my 7 minute paint job was (with no credit due me at all).

chair after    

{Look, Mom! NO drips!}

chairafter1

I don’t think the chairs will be staying in my living room. In fact, I know they won’t, and I’ve got the perfect spot in mind and will be showing you where my gilded beauty ended up next week.

Until then, y’all have yourselves a wonderful weekend! I had the most interesting junking trip ever that lasted until almost 1 AM last night, and—wouldn’t you know?—I found something else to spray paint gold!

So, now you know what I’ll be doing this weekend. What are you guys up to?

P.S. Don’t you love how I just slipped that reference to an epic, middle-of-the-night junking trip in there and then left you hanging? Don’t worry. I’ll share soon.

P.P.S. The floral pillow was $7 from Ross.

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